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Publisher: Bantam
Date of Publication: 1972
Binding: mass market paperback
Edition: Mass Market Paperback; Later Printing
Condition: Good
Description: 0553250663 (K216) spine lean
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Archie Goodwin goes to work on Wall Street when corpulent sleuth Nero Wolfe takes on a ruthless killer involved in two hit-and-run "accidents"

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FresnoDick
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
One of the greatest mystery series ever
Reviewed in the United States on February 3, 2020
I have read all of Rex Stout''s Nero Wolfe novels more times than I can count, starting with the short form novellas that appeared in American Magazine when I was a kid (late 1940s and early ''50s). I have paperback copies of all of them, but bought the Kindle version because... See more
I have read all of Rex Stout''s Nero Wolfe novels more times than I can count, starting with the short form novellas that appeared in American Magazine when I was a kid (late 1940s and early ''50s). I have paperback copies of all of them, but bought the Kindle version because the type in my paper copy was too small.

Some of the attitudes expressed, especially in the earlier novels, are dated and even sexist, but the adventure always holds my interest, and this one is in the top third of Stout''s work. The books start in 1934, with jarringly modern-seeming references to conflicts in the Balkins, in particular Bosnia. The final work, published in the 1970s, has a connection with Watergate. So you not only get great mystery adventure but an overview of nearly half the 20th Century.
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The Man Who Would Be CEO
Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2020
“Too Many Women” (1947) was Stout’s tenth Nero Wolfe mystery, and it takes place at the engineering parts firm of Naylor-Kerr. One of the employees had been killed in a hit-and-run accident, but his boss (one of the nastiest characters in Rex Stout’s repertoire) is now... See more
“Too Many Women” (1947) was Stout’s tenth Nero Wolfe mystery, and it takes place at the engineering parts firm of Naylor-Kerr. One of the employees had been killed in a hit-and-run accident, but his boss (one of the nastiest characters in Rex Stout’s repertoire) is now claiming the man was murdered. Archie goes undercover as a personnel expert at Naylor-Kerr, and soon finds himself in an office filled with female employees:

“…From where I stood at nine-fifty-two Wednesday morning it was enough to take your breath away. At least half a thousand of them, and the general and overwhelming impression was of—clean, young, healthy, friendly, spirited, beautiful and ready. I stood and filled my eyes, trying to look detached. It was an ocean of opportunity.”

If you know Archie from previous Nero Wolfe novels, you’ll be forgiven for thinking he’s found himself in male chauvinist heaven. Not so. Three beautiful specimens in particular run rings around him. Archie even has to engage in fisticuffs when he brings one of the women to see his boss and an enraged husband pops out of a following taxi, ready to defend his estranged wife’s honor.

A second Naylor-Kerr employee is killed in the same manner as the first, and a fourth woman joins the first three in flummoxing the police and the mighty Nero Wolfe. The portly genius finally resorts to a desperate stratagem to trap the cunning killer.

If you closely follow the plot, you may guess the identity of the murderer before Wolfe did. I couldn’t.
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Princess Lizzz
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A great read
Reviewed in the United States on September 9, 2017
This is a fun book that has a good plot and also does a good job of developing the characters. It is undeniably sexist, but I take that with a grain of salt because the book was written so many decades ago. Some people would consider the solution to the murder fairly... See more
This is a fun book that has a good plot and also does a good job of developing the characters. It is undeniably sexist, but I take that with a grain of salt because the book was written so many decades ago. Some people would consider the solution to the murder fairly obvious, but it''s still a fun read, and some people wouldn''t. This is the only book I know if where Archie tries to work undercover, and the results are interesting. There is some good comic relief in the book, and the background story is really good. One of the better Nero Wolfe books. I think you''d enjoy reading it. The only shame is that the women involved are seen as if they only exist as some kind of meat market, and Archie even mentions (more than once) that with one of the characters, she wasn''t beautiful, but he could make her beautiful or she could be beautiful just to him. Part of the plot also involves telling a woman something because of the assumption that all women gossip. There''s never a discussion of whether the men gossip, or a statement to the effect that gossip has nothing to do with gender and women are not gossips just because they are women. Archie also acts as if one floor of the office is some kind of Eden, because it''s all women typists, etc., so he can simply look around and be surrounded by good-looking women, for the most part. He is also always careful to mention when he doesn''t consider a woman good-looking, and will even do things like making a seating arranging in the office, where he''s close to his definition of an attractive woman and far away from women he considers unattractive, and he''s called women everything from dolls to crones.

However, I take all of this with a grain of salt, because this book was written many decades ago, so I try to just look to the book, itself. If you do that, I think you''ll find a highly enjoyable book.
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Delamaine
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Par for the course
Reviewed in the United States on September 12, 2019
I didn''t find this one to be particularly exciting or particularly bad. On a reread, the killer''s actions early in the book don''t make sense, but that is often the case when I reread a book knowing whodunit. Not just with Stout but with a lot of writers. The woman Archie... See more
I didn''t find this one to be particularly exciting or particularly bad. On a reread, the killer''s actions early in the book don''t make sense, but that is often the case when I reread a book knowing whodunit. Not just with Stout but with a lot of writers. The woman Archie calls "The Curves" is kind of bizarre, but I suspect the intent was to show that there are all kinds of women in the world.

However, every now and then, a character jumps out at me begging for a certain actor to play the role in a film. In this one, the character of Ben Frenkel seems to me a perfect fit for Ben Whishaw (and not just because they are both named Ben). I think he''d be perfect, just as I think Chris Evans would make a great Orrie.
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jtass
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Archie goes undercover
Reviewed in the United States on September 3, 2021
This novel, like all of this series, is contemporary to the time it was written. This one was written in 1947 and is very much a product of those times. All the women are typists, secretaries or wives and the men value them solely on their appearances. These... See more
This novel, like all of this series, is contemporary to the time it was written. This one was written in 1947 and is very much a product of those times. All the women are typists, secretaries or wives and the men value them solely on their appearances. These circumstances and attitudes are a bit grating now, nearly 80 years later but try to overlook them and just enjoy another adventure with Nero and Archie.

As the story begins Nero and Archie are getting on each others'' nerves a bit so when a case turns up involving office intrigue Archie seems an opportunity to escape the brownstone for a day or two - a plan that Nero heartily endorses. Little did either realize the simple case would take far longer than anticipated.
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Joyce927
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An interesting case for Wolfe
Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2018
When hired to investigate a supposed accident, Archie takes an undercover job in an office where over a hundred women are employed as typists. He is posing as an expert on why the turnover of employees has been so high at that company and especially since the cause of... See more
When hired to investigate a supposed accident, Archie takes an undercover job in an office where over a hundred women are employed as typists. He is posing as an expert on why the turnover of employees has been so high at that company and especially since the cause of leaving for one man was listed as murder. That was the supposed accidental hit and run death. When an exact copy of that death occurs everyone is convinced that Wolfe is correct that the first death was murder. The job seems mostly like play as Archie has to wine and dine so many women as he is searching for clues. Eventually Wolfe finds the one he has been searching for to expose the murderer. This was a very well written story, and I highly recommend it, as I do all of the Nero Wolfe Mysteries.
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ChickJ
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The original is always better
Reviewed in the United States on January 8, 2021
I do like Robert Goldbrough''s Nero Wolfe but compare to Rex Stout''s Nero Wolfe shows how good the original is. This time Archie get stuck in a huge pack of women. And he does find you can have too much of a good thing. But the murderer has stymie Nero. But he really draws... See more
I do like Robert Goldbrough''s Nero Wolfe but compare to Rex Stout''s Nero Wolfe shows how good the original is. This time Archie get stuck in a huge pack of women. And he does find you can have too much of a good thing. But the murderer has stymie Nero. But he really draws outside the lines and finds a way to get the killer. I love the descriptions of New York. This book was written in 1947 so the flavor of the times is very vivid. High Satisfactory.
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Ann Richardson
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Funny with Enough Twists to Keep Things Interesting
Reviewed in the United States on December 11, 2020
A Nero Wolfe mystery has, at its core, a cadre of interesting characters--eccentric and whimsical. the enjoyment of a Nero Wolfe mystery results from the intricate twists and the humor. The novel is an easy and quick read that will make you laugh in places yet keep you... See more
A Nero Wolfe mystery has, at its core, a cadre of interesting characters--eccentric and whimsical. the enjoyment of a Nero Wolfe mystery results from the intricate twists and the humor. The novel is an easy and quick read that will make you laugh in places yet keep you entertained.
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R. A. Bentley
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My favourite so far
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 3, 2020
Stout can do little wrong for me but this definitely rates a five. Any other comment would be a spoiler. Just read it.
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Ron Nicholson
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Another tangled masterpiece.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 11, 2016
Archie Goodwin, a ladies man with a cutting wit and Nero Wolfe, an overweight, grouchy gourmand who is able to make a picture from the facts supplied by Archie. A throwaway remark means that Archie has to swap Wolfe''s office for another in a corporation''s head office - an...See more
Archie Goodwin, a ladies man with a cutting wit and Nero Wolfe, an overweight, grouchy gourmand who is able to make a picture from the facts supplied by Archie. A throwaway remark means that Archie has to swap Wolfe''s office for another in a corporation''s head office - an office filled with beautiful women! Written in 1949, it is a very enjoyable read in 2016. I recommend it highly to all of you who have been brought up on Phillip Marlowe and Sam Spade. Rex Stout is one of a very few authors whose books can be read more than once and enjoyed.
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Rev47
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Too much blasphemy
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 12, 2020
Too much blasphemy for my taste. Shame because he writes a good story.
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Graham R. Hill
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Leading role for Archie
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 7, 2012
Archie Goodwin takes centre stage in this novel which otherwise sticks closely to the template. In fact the formula is rather overdone in some places especially the narrator''s irrestistability to women. However, overall it all works as well as ever. I guessed the identity...See more
Archie Goodwin takes centre stage in this novel which otherwise sticks closely to the template. In fact the formula is rather overdone in some places especially the narrator''s irrestistability to women. However, overall it all works as well as ever. I guessed the identity of the murderer, but the motive was an nice twist.
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shesings
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Another star!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 5, 2013
The mixture as always, Archie Goodwin at his wisecracking best, Wolfe irritable but brilliant and 1940s New York the extra ingredient!
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